PRT165 – What You DO Have Around You

This week we’re talking about using what we DO have around us!

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  • L Squared

    First off thank you so much for having your show be a part of the stitcher radio app.

    Secondly, I was super excited to see how affordable the “Stories In Hand” e-book is that you mentioned on today’s episode. It is only $3.95! Also I had never been to Northridge Publishing’s website and was so excited to see that the signature series books you had authors on many episodes ago are all available in a digital format on the site for under 7 dollars each (or under $4 for last years series authors whom you had on the episode).

  • On not having access to the latest & greatest: I love To watch your CHA videos & try to get the look of the new releases with my existing scrapbook supplies.

  • Rina

    Thanks for having a special guest for us PRTsuperfans down under! Love our Aussie girls!

  • Ruth

    Yay for Aussies!

  • Rachel L

    I’m an Australian, and I thought Ruth said ‘Crikey’ too! :) Great show today. Loved the topic of making do with less/different stuff. This week I made my own alphas using letter stamps from K-mart. Just stamped with coloured ink, cut them out roughly and outlined them with black pen. Love the result! Thickers are cute, but SO expensive, and actually they are a bit thick for my liking! This way I have all the letters I need.

  • L Squared

    Love this idea – and not having to worry about having a bunch of extra letters or running out mid title!

  • Monica

    Being in Sweden I know everything about not having it all at hand, that’s how it was when I started scrapbooking. Nowadays we get most things here, a lot later, though.

    But I have another thought. Looking at many blogs today the scrapbooking look all the same all over the place because they all buy the same kits (or maybe I should say kit…) and that makes it SO boring! It’s the same things over and over and over again. Where is the personal stuff?!! And another aspect on the kit thing is how people say they have to hurry to finish their currant kit before the new one comes, which actually say that they get to much stuff when they get a kit every month.

    There are some really great stuff in the kits and some things are exclusive so you can’t get them somewhere else, but personally I won’t buy something under those condisions. I want to love all the things that I buy. I think discussing how these companies get us to buy more than what we need could be a good topic for a discussion.

    Thanks for the show, looking forward to it every week! :)

  • I can’t tell you how much I agree with your comment for so many reasons. I think I am going to take your suggestions and do it!

  • Anne Essex

    Thanks for another great episode.

    Here in the UK I think we are brainwashed by craft TV and some online videos into thinking that we must make our layouts using 100% acid and lignin free specialist products. This makes it seem easier to buy branded scrapbook products rather than use the (often less expensive) art, craft and other supplies that would work just as well.

    I have a paperclipping membership and like the way Noell often uses art supplies in new
    and creative ways. She helps me think outside of the box and encourages me to use the supplies I already have in new ways. Though I have to confess that I often have to fight against the urge to buy the gorgeous products I see others using and don’t win as often as I should :-)

  • Gretchen Henninger

    First, I’m new to PRT (and Paperclipping) and I am really
    enjoying working my way through the back episodes. Your discussions have
    inspired me out of my scrap-lull. As I get my mojo back, I am paying more
    attention to the content of my layouts.

    This episode offers yet more insights into thinking about scrapbooking in new ways.
    Even though I can access scrap supplies online, I think it’s a great idea to
    look outside the industry to expand my palette.

    For those who have a hard time finding scrapbook-specific supplies, and are borrowing
    from art or fabric stores, another thing to consider is sewing. Sewing has been
    big on layouts for a while now, but it’s a great way to add texture, flow, or
    personality to a layout without having to rely on the scrapbooking industry for
    supplies. String is easily accessible and inexpensive. You can create your own templates easily by printing images, or you can sketch swirls or lettering (I like putting my handwriting on a page this way).

  • Rochelle

    It’s very easy to be seduced into thinking that if a product doesn’t have the word, SCRAPBOOKING on it, that we are somehow getting it all wrong, & our creative efforts will disappear, in the future.
    We follow online communities & sigh at the huge range of latest & greatest designs that are available. Sometimes we pay hideous amounts for shipping, so we too can produce scrapbooking pages, like we see, in the online galleries.

    I once went to a crop, where an owner of a scrapbook shop, looked at my completed layout & said. “I really like your layout, but that paper is very old & out of date.” I said, “That’s fine! The photo is old & out of date too!”

    P.S. I’m from New Zealand, & I thought Ruth said, “Crikey”, too!

  • Monica

    Ooh, I die…out of date for a paper??! I have papers from like 15 years ago! Such a thinking is so sad. But I guess we scrapbook for different reasons. Some do it more for the products than the storytelling and maybe they see it differently. But your answer was spot on, I would never had come up with such a witty answer.

  • Jennifer G.

    I just watched Wilna’s Two Peas Video and it made me love her even more. You can find it right here if you wish to see it too: Her reaction is seriously priceless. I hope that I can recover from that type of accident as gracefully as she does.

  • Marcia Fortunato

    I was listening to your show and it made me think of a fellow classmate in a Get It Scrapped workshop. She was constantly using recycled items in innovative ways – everything from her husband’s pants to a piece of her daughter’s purple cast to a refrigerator magnet. It always amazed me what she could repurpose for scrapbooking. You can check out her blog here:

  • SewcialButterfly

    I did not see the Find Your Voice workshop that was mentioned in the picks listed in the show notes. You can find the Facebook page for the FREE workshop here:

  • Ruth

    I just read an awesome idea from Naomi Cox, who is in the same group as me on Facebook, she went to her local hardware store and photographed different sheets of wood, then printed the photos on thick paper and cut them on her sillouette into instant personalised imitation wood veneers, including some die cut PL cards and all these awesome shapes and sizes. What a genius! With a spare day to play with her own creative ideas, she made something awesome with just a hardware store and her usual supplies – camera, die cut machine and printer.

  • Ruth

    Crikey! What an odd thing for her to say to you, but what an awesome reply you gave, LOL, more power to you, I would be saying. I love seeing older supplies getting used, it is inspiring and reminds me how much I love some of the older things in my stash.

  • Ruth

    I agree with you in many respects, but since I love using all kinda of kits (purchased and created from my stash), I wanted to put a slightly different take on the “use it up before the new one arrives” comments.

    Personally I think it helps to have a deadline as a motivation to scrapbook. If you think you might make 6 layouts a month (or intend to make enough time to do that) then buying a kit which gives you the supplies for say 4 layouts, helps you to feel motivated both by the arrival of the kit, which you are hopefully excited to use, and by the feeling that you want to use these supplies by a deadline.. It helps you to make sure that you timetable in your scrapbooking time before the next one arrives, some months are busier than others, but if you don’t push yourself sometimes 3 months might go by without a single moment set aside for yourself and your scrapbooking.

    Now having said that, I must confess that I do find that it is much easier to buy more than you need when you buy kits instead of shopping individually. However the flip side of that coin is that personally I am much less likely to get rid of older supplies if they are grouped into a kit, since it makes them so easy to pick up and use when I feel like creating. I often go back to kits that are a year old and half finished and use them. Individual papers or embellishments that have nothing else that particularly matches them are harder to find, remember to use and therefore when they get older, I am more likely to simply get rid of them. It depends on how you scrapbook I guess.

  • Irene Dunne

    Each week I am filled with excitement and anticipation as I look forward to the week’s discussion. I have a little ritual of making a cup of coffee and before I start listening to
    the program, I visit each guest’s blog or website which helps me to relate to
    each speaker.

    This week I found myself nodding in agreement with a lot that was discussed. I have never been one to buy the latest trends which change way too quickly. I like to think outside the box and love the challenge of using what I have on hand. My spray mists are watered down acrylic paints and a toothbrush. My stencils are little paper doilies which my family and friends have to surrender before being used at a coffee shop or restaurant. My flowers are from a Dollar Store which are pulled apart and I cut out the plain coloured panels from cracker, chocolate, coffee boxes etc. These I use when dye
    cutting letters with my Cuttlebug.

    Over the years, my style has done a complete flip. My layouts were all about pretty layouts with just a title. Now I realise that I want – no – I need to, tell the story. My mum
    is the last of her generation and she has dementia so all I have are the stories she told when I was growing up. What hit home for me this week were 3 words that Katie said…”Stories not Stuff”

    I also totally relate to Ruth’s comment about how expensive it is to purchase supplies from America. I was fortunate a few weeks ago to attend my first Scrapbooking Expo in Brisbane (Australia). To my surprise and delight, there was a Becky Higgins stand and I came home with the Project Life Olive Core Kit. YUM

    Thank you Noell and Izzy for yet another inspiring
    Paperclipping Roundtable.

  • Peggy Makurat

    I think a lot of the “must use 100% acid & lignin free” product comes from the company that shall not be named and preserving original photos. We are now in the digital age where most of us have our photos preserved via a digital method and there is no “original” photo really like there used to be. It’s hard to let go of some of that thinking. I need to remind myself all the time that I can really use whatever I want on my pages because I can always reprint that photo if needed. And at some point, they’ll all be transferred to whatever future archival process there is.

  • Cathie Reed

    That is awesome and so very creative. Thanks for sharing, Ruth.

  • love this episode topic! i’m from california, but now live in Tuscany, Italy and it’s amazing difficult to find products (in general, not just scrapbooking). something that seems so simple in the USA might be non-existent here. I’ve definitely learned to use what we have and there are definitely beautiful handmade papers in Italy as well – but I still miss the ease of ordering online and the multitude of shops back home! I definitely stock up when I’m back in the USA – which has made me much less of a trendy scrapper – just using what I like over a long period of time instead.

  • Rachel L

    Yep!! And you can make them whatever colours you need. Just takes longer that’s the only problem.

  • Rachel L

    So true Peggy and Anne! I only do digital scrapbooking and paper Project Life. So as far as acid free goes, it’s not an issue with digi, and with PL, I have photos in their pockets, and the other items in their pockets, so I’m not worried about it. I know the photos are archival as they are properly printed, I know the page protectors are acid free, and the ephemera and embellishments are whatever I find and want to include. I will never NOT include an item because I’m worried about acid or lignin. I think it would be really sad to leave things out for that reason. If it doesn’t last forever, so be it.

    Also, remember that proper art products are usually archival, or at least ‘built to last’. For example, I don’t worry about whether my watercolour paints say they are archival and acid free, because they’re a respected brand and are going to be fine long term, whether or not the label says so. Also, all quality watercolour paper is archival and acid free.

    Sometimes I use archival pens and sometimes I don’t – but again, most quality pens with permanent, fade proof ink are made to last, so whether it says “archival” or not depends more on who it’s marketed to that the actual quality of the ink. I write and draw on my photos with whatever pen is best for the job.

    Having looked through my mother’s scrapbook from when she was a teenager, the issues were mainly the sticky tape and glue. Some of the paper went a bit yellow and crispy, and some ink faded, but none of what she used was specialty product, and it has all held up pretty well over 50 years. Incidentally, lead pencil seems to last better than ball point pen.

  • R

    What a brilliant solution!!

  • Rachel L

    Isn’t it so much more about what we personally like, than what is in fashion? I’m glad you’re able to stock up when you need to, but as others have said, who cares if something is “out of date”?! Enjoy :)

  • Rachel L

    Oh dear :(
    The ONLY time I have worried about “out of date” product is when I worked for a paper company, making papercrafts TO SELL PRODUCT. I had to make sure everything I used was current product, as customers would need to be able to access it to make their own. As far as my personal creative work, I couldn’t care less whether I use current lines, 20 year old products or non-craft products, so long as I like it.

  • Amy Ulen

    I’m finally catching up on the episode that I missed while at the Close To My Heart convention last week. This episode made me think about two things: (1) CTMH is opening shop in Australia and New Zealand, so those crafters are going to have more access to trendy items very soon. We met the first few consultants at our convention and they are on their way home and getting ready to hold local informational meetings in Australia and NZ this month. Very exciting for them! (2) Even though I’m my own scrapbook store as a consultant, I’ve really been working on buying less and using my stash. Once I went digital with Studio J, I realized that I didn’t need all the “stuff” to create beautiful pages that tell my story. I’m trying to focus more on recording my stories…I don’t ever want to forget my life! My photos and words have to be the focus, not the trendy products.

  • Maria

    Funny thing: I am from germany and am now in Colorado for three months. ; ) So I will have to go back pretty soon and started hoading all the pretty US scrappbooking stuff. You know, just because!! : )


    Great episode…I live in Melbourne and have a huge scrapbook store only half an hour from where I live…there are a number of online stores here that have great ranges and the postage is very reasonable …a much better option than shipping from the US